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Half Term Activities at Hollybush - National Nest Box Week!

17th-20th February, 10.30am-2.30pm

Children must be accompanied by an adult for all activities. Activities are suitable for a range of ages.

Tuesday to Friday - come down and match the bird to the nest in our wildlife garden! The garden is free and the trail costs £1.50 per child, including a drink and a biscuit. 

17th and 18th - Tuesday/Wednesday - bird box building! £8 per box. If you are brave enough to hold the nail while your child hammers, they are old enough to join in!

Booking now available! You can risk just turning up but you may have to queue.....

19th - Thursday - 10.45 12.00 BTO talk on garden bird watching! Find out how your garden bird records can contribute to a long running national study. You will also find out how you can join and about other things the BTO does. Free, donations welcome.

20th - Friday - owl pellet analysis! The RSPB will show you how to identify what the owls have been eating - be prepared to look at bones!

Action Squad Program

TCV will be running the Action Squad Program which involves two days of practical conservation tasks, including habitat management and creation, woodland management and improvement and the reclamation of urban green space!

Various tasks will be offered with a choice of two. The task changes daily and offers a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers that wish to improve their community and have an interest in conservation.

All you need is your lunch, TCV can provide all personal protective equipment and will reimburse your travel expenses. The Action Squad Program is also highly flexible to accommodate your needs and dramatically improves your CV.

Please contact alex@ncvys.org.uk or visit https://actionsquadacademy.org.uk/ for more information!

Volunteering at Hollybush

Now recruiting for Volunteer Officers!

Hollybush Conservation Centre is home to The Conservation Volunteers in Leeds.

You can volunteer with Hollybush every day of the week if you like. There is always something going on, whether its going out with one of our practical teams (Tuesday to Friday every week) to do some hands-on conservation work, supporting our students on the gardening course or helping around the gardens at Hollybush.

Come along, join us! You don’t need green fingers to volunteer and help improve local green spaces! Get your (old) woolly jumper on and join in!


Tasks for this week!

Tuesday 17th February: Luddites Trail at Roberttown, finishing off the refurb of this section of the heritage trail AND New Bewerley Community Primary, renovating an area of the school, putting in seating and raised beds.

Wednesday 18th February: Hirst Wood, Saltaire, returning to the new nature reserve, working on the paths, dead hedge and bird hide AND New Bewerley Community Primary, completing the benches and raised beds.

Thursday 19th February: Hirst Wood, Saltaire, more work on the bird hide and paths AND Scotland Wood, Adel, continuing the path work on this section of the Meanwood Valley Trail.

Friday 20th February: Skelton Lagoon, finishing the week at this wetland nature reserve, working in the receptor site of the woodland.

All you need is a packed lunch and suitable clothing! Wrap up warm, come along to Hollybush for 9am to complete a form and have a cuppa before our daily briefing... then go out with us on a minibus to one of the above projects.

See you soon!

How to find us

We undertake a wide range of conservation activities and provide lots of opportunities for volunteers. Hollybush has a unique atmosphere. Our work standards are high but we have a relaxed and sociable approach which makes this a great place to be. Why not join us and discover it for yourself?

Contact our volunteer coordinator Jess to find out how you can get involved today.

What's in it for you?

  • Personal development
  • A stepping stone to a career in the environment sector
  • Learn practical skills
  • Gain experience in volunteer co-ordination and project management
  • Receiving formal training through our training programmes

More information about volunteering